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Autism Initiatives

Autism Initiatives  provides a range of person centred autism specific services throughout the UK. The charity provides services to children and adults, and encompasses education, residential , short breaks, supported living,  outreach, community resource centres, 'day' services, and social enterprises for employment training and expereince.

Autism services

The services provided by Autism Initiatives are significantly different from those provided by generic learning disability and mental health services, in that our services are underpinned by a clear understanding of positive autism practice and a person centred approach to understanding the unique needs an individual may have in relation to their autism.

The difficulties that many people with autism experience within services are often due to a lack of a clear and consistent understanding of their needs and wants over multiple environments. Often there is also an over focus on ‘behaviour’ from service providers rather than an insightful analysis of the reasons for such behaviour in relation to an individual’s need to experience good autism practice.

Autism Initiatives services, with the support of clinicians within its practice support team, are able to deliver support solutions that help individuals to develop strategies in relation to managing the impact of their autism and generate positive outcomes in relation to their needs as an individual.

Services include educational, residential, short break and outreach support for children and young people with autism, including transition from children's to adult services.

If you are a person with autism, a family member, or a commissioner of services we are happy to talk to you about the support that we can provide for you.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Campbell
Contact Position
Assistant Director
Autism Initiatives

Where to go

Autism Initiatives
7,, Chesterfield Road,
Crosby, Liverpool,
L23 9XL

This is our central head office but we have services across the UK. In the Liverpool and wider accessible area this includes:

  • Community Resource Centres in Kensington and Bootle
  •  a number of supported living houses
  • award winning social enterprises including two Cafes and a Cycle Workshop
  • Childrens Residential and Short break services
  • special autism school 'Peterhouse'
  • Transition from children to adult services

However, any model of service can be developed around individual and personalised needs.

Time / Date Details

Time of day
Session Information
Comunity Resource Centres usually open 6 days per week early morning until evening and provide services according to need either within the Centre or in the community.
Regular provision of creative activity , IT, sports, outdoor gardening , visits to places of interest. Tailored to need

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Dependent on the service required, formal referral is not always required , for example where families are seeking outreach or Community Resource Centre support using personal budgets.

However for more complex requirements referal is usuall through the local authority social work team.  

Other notes

Autism specific services . Able to support complex multi need indivduals including transition from more secure environmements to other support settings.

Local Offer


Services include educational, residential, short break and outreach support for children and young people with autism, including transition from children's to adult services.

Contact Name
Karen Campbell
Contact Telephone
0151 330 9500
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Young Adults (16 to 25)
Primary (5 to 11)
Secondary (11 to 16)
Early Years (0 to 5)